Company

About

MessageYes is a conversational commerce platform. It has been architected to support endless numbers of stores (channels), all utilizing lightweight artificial intelligence (AI), product recommendation algorithms, in-message payment processing, and easy integration with existing order and fulfilment management systems. Our goal is to provide brands and retailers with a broad and flexible mobile messaging commerce platform that enables ongoing direct-to- consumer engagement, transactions and experiences. This drives LTV, customer satisfaction, loyalty, and provides brands with consumer insights critical for growing their e-commerce business.

Team

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Dave Cotter, CEO

Dave Cotter is the CEO of MessageYes, the leading e-commerce over mobile messaging platform. A high tech entrepreneur at heart, Dave was previously a Director of Engineering at zulily and co-founded SquareHub, a mobile private social network for families. Prior to SquareHub, Dave was a General Manager at Amazon in World Wide Marketing in the early years of AWS. Dave also co-founded CS Adxpose, L.L.C. (alternate name: Mpire Corporation) in 2004 and served as its chairman and chief executive officer until 2006. Prior to co-founding Mpire, Dave was an Entrepreneur-in- Residence at Ignition Partners, where he researched the impact of web services platforms on small businesses. Before joining Ignition Partners, Dave was responsible for product management, developer marketing, business development, and open-source strategy at BEA Systems, where he navigated the innovative Beehive project through the Apache Software Foundation’s approval process. He also served as the Director of Product Management for the award-winning BEA WebLogic Workshop Java development environment. Dave has held a number of product and program management positions at some of the most recognized software companies in the industry, including Microsoft, RealNetworks, and NetManage.  Dave is on the board of the Washington Technology Industry Association, Rainier Scholars, and The Foster Care Alumni Association.

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Trevor Inman, CTO

Trevor Inman is Chief Technology Officer (CTO), where he is responsible for overseeing the technical direction and strategy of the company, working with executive management to grow MessageYes through the use of disruptive technology. Prior to MessageYes, Inman was a Principal Engineer on the personalization team at ecommerce pioneer Zulily and previously held senior engineering positions at PivotLink and MessageGate. Inman has been a Product Architect at MessageYes since 2015 and holds a degree in Computer Science from Pacific Lutheran University.

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Brett Goodwin, VP of Platform Strategy

Brett Goodwin is Vice President of Platform Strategy and Products, where he is responsible for MessageYes’ white label platform that enables brands and artists to directly engage and transact with their customers over mobile messaging. Prior to MessageYes, Goodwin held executive management roles at Qumulo, Skytap, Verdiem, Isilon Systems, RealNetworks, and McCaw Cellular. Goodwin has an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and an undergraduate degree in mathematical economics from Pomona College.

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Marie Sheel, VP of Operations

Marie Sheel is Vice President of Operations, overseeing day-to-day operations to support MessageYes’ customer success and bottom line. Sheel focuses on strategic business planning and operational execution across functions to achieve the company's goals. Prior to MessageYes, Sheel was the Director of Ecommerce at Blackberry and Senior Director of Ecommerce Operations at Warner Music Group.  Sheel holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business and a degree in economics from UCLA.

Investors

MessageYes is backed by leading investors including Madrona Venture Group, Cross Culture Ventures, The Walt Disney Company, Lowercase Capital, Muse Capital, Arnold Venture Group, Broadway Video, FJ Labs, and Mesa Ventures.

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Industry Recognition

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“While WeChat has shown U.S.-based companies that commerce can happen via messaging app…ReplyYes, potentially, provides the platform that will make that happen.”

— Forbes

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“…it’s not just another e-commerce website: The Edit, the startup’s virtual vinyl shop, is actually a chatbot powered by artificial intelligence…Over time, The Edit’s recommendation engine gets smarter about people’s music tastes, like an experienced record store clerk—without all the pretentiousness.”

— Fast Company: Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Music 2017

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“…Could I point to any single bot that was useful?…Best answer I could think of is ReplyYes.”

— VentureBeat